Friday, November 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 22 @ 12:00 PM
City of Miami Commissioner-Elect Ken Russell
When it comes to elections in Florida, things are never easy, and the recent City of Miami District 2 election was no different – in fact, it was unprecedented.
After coming in a distant second to businessman Ken Russell in the primary, Teresa Sarnoff, wife of out-going Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, announced she would withdraw from the race, though a run-off election would still need to take place by charter. Nonetheless, City of Miami residents came out to the polls, resulting in 2,700 votes for Russell, solidifying his win. The commissioner-elect joins Helen to discuss his plans for District 2 which includes solving transportation woes and preserving open, green spaces.
Ken Russell, Commissioner-Elect, City of Miami Dist. 2
Bill to Shrink School Districts
The State of Florida is home to five of the country's largest school districts, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties -- but could they be too large? Proponents of a legislative bill say yes.
If approved by state legislators and voters, school districts as we know them, could fall under the governance of cities as opposed to counties - allowing more local control. Opponents argue this would cause a greater inequity between more affluent schools and schools in inner-city areas -- a concern that killed a similar bill in 1998.
Which is best for our students?
Martha Barantovich, Ed.D., College of Education, Florida International University
Friday, November 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 15 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host, Henry Mack
Race for the White House
After a raucous third debate in October, Tuesday’s GOP debate was relatively composed and arguably the most substantive. The questioning focused on economic issues, as well as foreign policy and immigration; two of the most contentious issues of the night, with both continuing to divide the Republican Party. Our panel had their own lively debate on the candidates’ progress, staying power and policies.
Raul Martinez, Former Mayor, City of Hialeah
Marcia Narine, St. Thomas University School of Law
Edward Pozzuoli, Esq., Tripp Scott Law Firm
Juan-Carlos “J.C.” Planas, Esq., Kurkin Brandes, LLP
Friday, November 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 8 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host Henry Mack
Ft. Lauderdale CRA Under Fire, Again
Community Redevelopment Agencies, or CRAs, are created to alleviate slum & blight and provide affordable housing by using funds set aside from taxes. The goal is to revitalize neglected communities. But one Fort Lauderdale CRA has come under scrutiny, yet again, for what some are saying is a misuse of these dedicated funds by earmarking this money for transportation projects that were not included in the original plan, and ignoring affordable housing. Is this a manipulation of taxes?
William Gjebre, Florida Bulldog
Transit Options – WHEELS Florida
Last week's Issues Reports’ on South Florida's transit woes underscored the need for better public transportation options. One organization is continuing this conversation by providing alternatives to the daily gridlock. An upcoming 5-day event will highlight the benefits of leaving the personal automobile at home and utilizing cheaper - and more environmentally friendly - transit options.
Mari Chael, WHEELS Florida
Friday, October 30th @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 1st @ 12:00 PM
Gridlock: South Florida Transit
Residents and visitors in South Florida face a tangled mess of congestion with few options for reliable transportation. How did we get here...and what are the solutions?
Ric Katz, Communikatz
Friday, October 23 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 25 @ 12:00 PM
Beckham Soccer Stadium in ‘Slum’?
The on-going saga to bring a soccer team and stadium to Miami is heating up yet again. A resolution spearheaded by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, outlines a plan for the creation of a Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) that would include Marlins Park and the surrounding area; using the tax revenue to buy the 10.5 acres just west of the park and include an extension of Metromover from downtown to the proposed site. But, in order to create the CRA, the area must first be deemed as “slum and blighted”. Additionally, David Beckham and company appear to have a new partner in this venture - Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
Michael Lewis, Miami Today
Real Estate Struggle
One aspect of the 'American Dream' remains - and that's the dream to own a home. But, in areas throughout much of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, this dream does not seem attainable for middle class home-buyers, even with good credit and financing. In the past three years alone, home prices in the region are up almost 45%, but wages have stayed the same. Adding to this disparity are the cash investors and foreign buyers who have created tremendous competition in the market. Will we see a weakening of this trend?
Alex D. Zylberglait, Marcus & Millichap